Step This Way (Grade 7-9)

2014 Festival

Mon, May 5 @ 12:30 pm GPLT; Thur, May 8 @ 9:30 am Jan Cinema; Sun, May 11 @ 11:30 am GPLT

Chosen by teachers and rated 10+ (Violence, Nudity), these films are about self-awareness and resisting the pressures to conform. This package includes a documentary, three comedies, and a great stop motion animation film illustrating how to do stop motion animation. Two foreign-language films with English subtitles are also included: a French drama about a 12-year-old figure skater and a Dutch documentary about a boy in the Netherlands who finds a way to deal with the bullying he suffers because of his love of ballroom dancing.

Films in this package


Harald is a champion wrestler with a monster mother for a coach. She cares only about winning while he just wants to grow flowers. When she threatens to harm one of his beloved plants to keep him fighting, he finds another way to fight back. Won Best Student Animation at the 2013 Palm Springs International…

The First Step

Sacha is a 12-year-old solo figure skater trained by his father to become a champion, but Sacha wants to be Rebecca’s ice dancing partner despite her doubts and his father’s disapproval.


Being a teenager isn’t easy, especially for Nayla, a Muslim American girl who wants to join her new high school’s cheerleading squad.

Dancing With Style

Eugene is a 14-year-old ballroom dancer frequently bullied in school for his love of dance. When a counsellor suggests a course of action for him to try, he doesn’t know whether the idea will work or make the bullying much worse.

Roomo 8

A prisoner discovers a magical box and can’t resist the temptation to use it. Won the 2014 BAFTA Award for Best British Short Film.

Sleight of Hand

This stop-motion animation about a man who creates a character in his own image for a stop-motion animation is an allegory on the concept of free will. Won Best Animation at the 2013 New York City Short Film Festival among other awards.


A man reluctantly agrees to go skydiving with his soon-to-be brother-in-law only to discover mid-air that his tandem instructor is suicidal and refuses to pull the cord. Won Best Comedy at the 2012 Malibu International Film Festival. Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Mathew Helfgott.

A highly entertaining, rapid-fire illustration of how the food chain works.